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June 29, 2022
Topic: Product review
Discussion: Shin guards for an infielder

By far the lightest and best shin guard is made by Lacrosse company "STIX" (Valor Lacrosse Goalie Shin Guards.) It's a college lacrosse goalie's shin guard. They are very light and cover from the knee to the top of the foot and ankle guards that are elongated to cover the outside and inside of your ankle. I highly recommend them as a shortstop in my Colorado Springs 60s + league had his leg (tibia) broken with a line drive as he was not wearing anything. I'm 5-9 170 and wear a large that is perfect. Also, they wrap around cover almost all of the back of your calf. Maybe only and inch-inch and a half depending on your body type. Nothing so far can compare. Stix website has them listed at $59.99. They are super light with hard plastic type outer and thin rubber cushioning on the inside. They do not sweat and are so light you don't know you have then on. I also wear them while playing the outfield and when I bat for extra protection from a bad throw skipping into my ankles or shin. They only come in white on the outside with a thin grey rubber cushion.
Look them up on the "Stix" website. Make sure they have your size. I just went to the website and they only have Large as of now. Keep checking or see if there is a store nearby that carries the STIX equipment. I would call first. Good luck and play safe.
March 24, 2022
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FOUND AT LITTLE VALLEY: HEARING AID At Little Valley field Tuesday late afternoon.

I found a single hearing aid on Tuesday afternoon close to the parking lot and turned it in to the Director's table around 5 pm.
Nov. 10, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Covid cases from Arizona

This was the Bullhead City AZ tournament that was played in Bullhead City November 2,3and 4.
Nov. 10, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Covid cases from Arizona

One player from Colorado Scrapiron 70s AAA Rocky Mountain Patriots has tested positive and that has been confirmed. All other team members have or are in the process of being tested.
May 23, 2020
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Please, a story from anyone! Anything but Corona, Corona, Corona!

56th Day of Isolation & Social Distancing: Some thoughts on the last eight (8) weeks..........

I hope they give us two weeks notice before sending us back out into the real world. I think we'll all need the time to become ourselves again. And by "ourselves" I mean lose 10 pounds, cut our hair, and get used to not drinking at 9:00 am.

New monthly budget: Gas $0, Entertainment $0, Clothes $0, Groceries $2,799.

Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended; not so much to stop COVI D-19 but to stop eating.

We low maintenance chicks are having our moment right now. We don't have nails to fill and paint, roots to dye, eyelashes to re-mink, and are thrilled not to have to get dressed every day. I have been training for this moment my entire life!

When this quarantine is over, let's not tell some people.

I stepped on my scale this morning. It said: "Please practice social distancing. Only one person at a time on the scale.

Not to brag, but I haven't been late to anything in over 8 weeks.

It may take a village to raise a child, but I swear it’s going to take a vineyard to home school one.

You know those car commercials where there's only one vehicle on the road? Doesn't seem so unrealistic these days.

They may open things up next month -- I'm staying in until July to see what happens to you all first.

Day 56: The garbage man placed an Alcoholics Anonymous flyer on my recycling bin.

Appropriate analogy: "The curve is flattening, so we can start lifting restrictions now. Or could it be..... "The parachute has slowed our rate of descent, so we can take it off now."

People keep asking: "Is coronavirus REALLY all that serious?" Listen y'all, the churches and casinos are closed. When heaven and hell agree on the same thing, it's probably pretty serious.

Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask and ask for money.

I am home schooling. Then first day I tried to get this kid transferred out of my class.

Putting a drink in each room of my house today and calling it a pub crawl.

Okay, so the schools are closed. Do we drop the kids off at the teacher's house?

For the second part of this quarantine do we have to stay with the same family or will they relocate us? Asking for myself....

Coronavirus has turned us all into dogs
We wander around the house looking for food.
We get told "No!" if we get too close to strangers.
We get really excited about going for walks and car rides.

I was in a long line at 7:45 am today at the grocery store that opened at 8:00 for seniors only. A young man came from the parking lot and tried to cut in at the front of the line, but an old lady beat him back into the parking lot with her cane. He returned and tried to cut in again, but an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground and rolled him away. As he approached the line for the 3rd time he said, "If you people don't let me unlock the door, none of you will ever get in to shop."

March 3, 2020
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Corona Virus (COVID-19)

Just thought it would be important that SSUSA management would comment sooner than later with regards to upcoming tournaments, ie. Spring Worlds in Mesquite and St. George. Most of us who will be scheduled to play in Mesquite will stay in high volume people gambling casino hotels. I know we all love to play tournaments but I also know our health and families come first....just saying.
June 9, 2019
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking for 75 major or major plus team for Sacramento, and Las Vegas.

It was great chatting with you yesterday. I gave Russ you're information and phone number yesterday as well as you're teammate Dan's interest. Russ said he had Dan's number also.
Thank you, Art Bird
Jan. 17, 2019
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Bullhead Tournament

75 AAA Get R Done won 2 out of 3 over Stark Street Pizza and in 75 Majors Tharaldson beat Scrap Iron Beams 24-7 in the championship game.
June 10, 2018
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Looking 75 age group

IFYI--I'm not 100% sure but I heard that in 2019 there are no boundaries whether you live on either the East or West of the Mississippi. So it is possible that you wold be able to play for any 75s team that you qualify for based on your personal rating.
Feb. 4, 2018
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: North Texas Area

Are you anywhere close to Dallas, Irving, Fort Worth, Farmers Branch or Desoto?
There are a number of day ball teams around there that play on Tuesdays and Thursdays and also Monday night double hitters. Most of the players on those teams play on tournament teams and would be able to help you out.
Jan. 25, 2018
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior softball in Ft. Worth texas

The Monday night double hitters are actually played at Mike Lewis park in Grand Prairie Texas.
Its about 45-60 minutes from Fort Worth depending on where you live in Ft. Worth.
The Monday night league should connect you with many good connections for playing softball in Texas. Good luck.
Jan. 25, 2018
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior softball in Ft. Worth texas

There is a really good senior league that plays on Monday night in Arlington. Games are all double hitters. Game times are 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. You play 2 of the 3 times and play 2 different teams. Most of the teams are made of guys who play senior tournaments. Age 55 (not 100% on lowest age) to 80 AA to Major Plus.
Fort Worth also has a day ball team that plays on Tuesday and Thursday morning around the Dallas, Arlington areas. I played for Fort Worth the last year I was in Texas. Have since moved to S. California. I played in the Monday night league in Arlington with the Texas Legends. Who was a mix of 65, 70 and 75 tournament players then played with the 70s Major team. Great bunch of guys. Most of who also play in the Tuesday- Thursday day league. For Fort Worth or Alington. There are around 6 or 7 day ball teams that are around 45 minutes to an hour+from Fort Worth. I can't remember the age restrictions.
If you are younger there is a men's league in Keller, TX that is on the North Fort Worth border.
Lots of good softball in Texas for sure. The Monday night double hitters in Arlington is where I started and you can go from there as I mentioned almost all the guys who play Monday night's play on a day ball and tournament. Team.
Sept. 26, 2017
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Throwing arm has gone bad.

I'm 72 and play 70 majors and had frozen shoulder when I was 65 in my throwing arm. I was an outfielder so I played 1st base for 3 years as well as catcher a few times, it honestly took me 6 years before it went away completely. You may not have frozen should so make sure you see an orthopedic surgeon and have an MRI. With my frozen should I went to physical therapy 3 times a week for 6 weeks which gets expensive unless you have great insurance. What I did was memorize the various exercises and would do them every other day. (some places will actually give you printouts of the exercises) Frozen shoulder only effected my hitting about 10-15 percent but did cut off the long ball for the most part. I now have frozen shoulder in my left and it cuts down my swing about 20% but I still play outfield and it painful to reach out to catch a ball as your reach is somewhat limited. There is a process where they supposedly can "stretch" your shoulder muscles but I'm not interested in that process, if it was my throwing arm I would consider it after really having a conversation with an orthopedic surgeon. They say if you get frozen shoulder in one are your more likely to get it in the other and it did happen to me. After 7 years I can finally throw about 85% of what I could before I had frozen shoulder and probably 5-10 would have been lost anyway after 7 years. Hopefully it is only a temporary issue but see a orthopedic surgeon and have the MRI done. Keep playing even if you have to play a position your not used to. Good luck!
Aug. 15, 2017
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: ISA Nationals

Who won the 65/70 Gold division??
Oct. 1, 2016
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: 70 Major

Who won?????
May 10, 2016
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Looking for a 70s Major/AAA (must have 2 or less Major rated players)

70 yearold outfielder looking for a Southern California team to play on. Former starting left feilder for Texas Legends 70s Major Team 2015 and 2016.
Will be eligible to play for any 70s Major team or any AAA team that has not recently been reclassified to AAA from Major and has 2 or less major players on their roster.
Will be moving to Southern California and become a resident May 17th. Total team player. 5-9, 165, good range in the outfield, solid arm and decent speed on the bases. Singles, doubles hitter...but have hit them out in Vegas and other tournaments.
If any interest please email me at
Best Art Bird
May 16, 2015
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior Softball forum will connect you to a team.

The Texas Legends 70s tournament team will be together at least 3 more years after this year. I just started playing with them this year. We have 2 teams. Basically we have an SSUSA team where you must turn 70 in 2015 and we have a SPA team that allows 2 69ers. At present we do have 2 69ers on our SPA team. Most of us play Monday nights at Grand Prairie and pretty much same guys play for the Arlington Rangers on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings in day ball. Do you know Dick or Nick? They play on all 4 teams. Our Manager is Ray out of Salado. I am not sure if we need any players now as we have about 15 on our rosters now but a good infI elder is hard to find. My email is and my name is Art. I can certainly check with our manager who could see if we or someone he knows could use you.

May 10, 2015
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: Senior Softball forum will connect you to a team.

Anyone looking for a team to play on please use this platform.
In 2011 I was looking for a team as I had just moved from NJ and did not know a soul in Texas. I got a response from a great guy Frankie Armijo, and he told me to bring my glove and come down to the Monday night senior league (which now plays in Grand Prairie, TX) and warm up with his team. Frankie said he didn't need any more players but someone else may. Frankie managed and played with the BXR team that was playing against the Texas Legends who Frankie introduced me to as they were short players and said they could use me. Their manager, the late Buddy Hopper, then ask me to play with them on Monday nights. I played 2 years on their Monday night team and this year was invited to play on their tournament 70s team this year as I just retired. Ironically, Frankie also plays on the Legends 70s tournament team also. I have to thank this forum especially for introducing me to Texas softball and 2 great players Frankie Armijo and the late Buddy Hopper that made it possible for me to continue playing softball which is a great passion of mine with so many great guys not only on the Legends but all the teams that just love the game. Thank you Senior Softball.
Feb. 13, 2011
Topic: Players looking to join a team
Discussion: looking to join a 65 mens team in Dallas, TX area

Just moved to Lewisville TX 18 miles North of Dallas. Looking to join a 50+ to 65 men's team Anywhere near Dallas. Outfielder, singles-diubles hitter. Can also play some first base. 5-9, 170 and still have decent speed. Team player would sub or go on call list when you are short players. 53 years experience playing competitive softball in Colorado and New Jersey. Art Bird cell 609-532-3056 - email
Feb. 12, 2011
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 65 Mens looking to play on Dallas area team

Anyone know of any teams in the Dallas area looking for a player. Just moved to Dallas area from NJ and want to play. Outfielder, solid singles hitter. 5-9, 170 right handed and still have decent speed. Can play 1st or infield if necessary. Art 609-532-3056
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